Newborns sleep approximately two to four hours at a time and will start to sleep for longer periods around four to six months old. However, they probably won’t start sleeping through the night until after the six-month mark. All babies are different, so your baby’s sleeping habits may develop at a faster or slower pace.

To make sure your baby sleeps soundly and safely, place him or her alone in a crib with a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheet.


Tips for baby’s safe sleep

  • Babies should always sleep on a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet

  • Keep the crib free of stuffed animals, bumper pads, blankets and other objects that pose suffocation hazards

  • Babies should always sleep alone. Do not share a bed with your baby.

  • Always lay your baby on his or her back to sleep.

  • Use an up-to-date crib. In 2011, the federal government introduced new safety standards for crib manufacturers, making newer cribs more sturdy, durable and safe.

Following these tips will help your baby get the sleep he or she needs while reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). To learn more about safe sleep, visit our website:

 Disclaimer: If your baby has a fever or other symptoms, or you have concerns about the growth and development of your child, always seek care with your healthcare provider.